Thursday Apr 11, 2013

3 New Oracle Solaris 11 Technology Spotlights

We've been trying to flesh out our technology pages for Oracle Solaris 11 over on the Oracle Technology Network. Recently we've added 3 new technology spotlights:

Best Platform for Database
Oracle Database on Oracle Solaris helps customers lower IT costs and delivers a high quality of service by enabling consolidation onto database clouds and engineered systems.
Optimized for SPARC
Oracle Solaris 11 and the new T5 and M5 SPARC family combine to deliver the world's fastest servers. Use these SPARC Solaris systems to get the best performance and scalability for your most demanding enterprise environments including Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and business applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, along with hundreds of business applications from partners such as SAP, SAS and Temenos.
DTrace Dynamic Tracing
Oracle Solaris DTrace is a comprehensive, advanced tracing tool for troubleshooting systematic problems in real time. Administrators, integrators and developers can use DTrace to dynamically and safely observe live production systems for performance issues, including both applications and the operating system itself.

I've personally worked on the DTrace spotlight, as a place to aggregate some great content that's already out there, including a new simple DTrace Cheatsheet. We'll be adding more to the page over time - enjoy!

Tuesday Apr 02, 2013

In case you missed it - our new SPARC servers

In case you missed last week's announcement, Larry Ellison and John Fowler got up on stage to announce the new range of SPARC T5 based mid-range servers and the new SPARC M5 based high-range servers, with an impressive 17 world record enterprise benchmarks. You can see the full replay of the live event below.

The new SPARC servers represent a huge amount of research and development on Oracle's behalf, essentially the first set of SPARC based products that can truly be considered 'Oracle'. With 100% performance increase in each generation of the chip (compared to 30-50% for IBM Power or Intel x86), we're no longer playing catch up. What's more exciting is that this is just a start of things to come as we start to move application features directly into silicon which should result in many future performance optimizations - Oracle runs best on SPARC Solaris. For more details of what was announced, see here: Announcing new SPARC servers with the world's fastest microprocessor.

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Oracle Live Webcast - SPARC, March 26th

If you've ever wondered where Oracle has been putting its R&D lately, here's an event that you'll not want to miss. On Tuesday 26th March at 1pm PT, we'll be announcing a set of new Oracle SPARC based servers with the world's fastest microprocessor. Both Larry Ellison and John Fowler will be on stage with this live webcast.

While I can't obviously divulge what we'll be talking about in any detail, I've been very fortunate enough to see the engineering going into SPARC and Oracle Solaris day by day, month by month as we optimize right across the Oracle stack, from applications through to disk. Few other IT vendors have the opportunity to do anything close to this level of integration, and the results are going to be a game changer. I'll be live tweeting the event over on our ORCL_Solaris account, and Larry will be doing the same over on Facebook. If you've ever been in doubt with Oracle's intent around SPARC and Oracle Solaris, I think this will change your mind.

Register now!.

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